UPS Alternative-Fuel Vehicle Press Conference

We’ve talked about UPS a lot recently on 3P in terms of their highly successful efforts to reduce energy and fuel consumption. From reducing the number of left-turns on a route to various experiments in hybrid and alternative vehicles, UPS has done a lot to earn our accolades. What’s next up their sleeve? We’re excited … Continued

Solar Power International 2008 in Review

Solar Energy experienced huge growth in 2008 and that was clearly reflected in the attendance at Solar Power International 2008. The number of manufactures, installers, and investors in attendance doubled from 2007, to 20,000. This rise in attendance and growth in the solar power industry was coupled with a high level of optimism, despite current … Continued

Rolling out the infrastructure: Plug-ins for Boulder, Australia

Good news on the electric vehicle infrastructure front came out this week: Xcel Energy announced the launch of its SmartGridCity project in Boulder, Colorado while Palo Alto’s Better Place announced a nationwide build-out renewable power-to-electric vehicle project in Australia.

World Conservation Congress

Last week marked the 60th anniversary of the World Conservation Congress. The Congress is a ten-day forum for leaders in academia, business, government, NGO’s and the UN. Led by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), this year’s event in Barcelona drew over 8,000 participants. Julia Marton-Lef√®vre, Director General of the IUCN, declared, “The … Continued

Project Better Place Expands Into Australia

We first looked at Project Better Place back in April, when the Silicon Valley startup announced a partnership with Danish DONG Energy to establish an electric car network in Denmark. The idea of Better Place is to provide a network of wind-powered recharging and “switching” stations for electrics cars – building an “electric car infrastructure”. That infrastructure consists of three key components other … Continued

Use A Flash Drive; Save A Tree; Ignite A Flash Drive War

This is a guest post by John Simonetta, owner of Proforma Green, an eco-friendly promotional items consultancy. John’s blogs are designed to keep us up to date on the “greening” of his industry. If you are planning an event or teaching program that involves a lot of data please save a tree and use a … Continued

U.S. Wood Pellet Industry Benefits from High Fuel Prices

The high price of oil and gas makes wood pellets a heating alternative, particularly in the Northeast, which relies on oil to heat homes. Wood pellets are made from sawdust, shavings, or ground wood chips which are compressed under high pressure and turned into pellets. The International Energy Agency (IEA) released a report about the … Continued

Blue States Lead on Energy Efficiency Initiatives

Forgive me for making partisan political plugs in this most political of seasons, but the states that consistently vote for Democratic party candidates also lead the nation in energy efficiency efforts according to a recent study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Their annual report and ranking of statewide initiatives is funded … Continued

Forget The Green Packaging At Your Peril – A Story

This is a guest post by John Simonetta, owner of Proforma Green, an eco-friendly promotional items consultancy. John’s blogs are designed to keep us up to date on the “greening” of his industry. We recently ran 1000 bag clips for the MercyCorps office in New York (if you have never heard of this NGO check … Continued

Green Challenge Showcase: SWIFT (Sample Waste Initiative for the Furniture and Textile Industries)

Net Impact, a group of future and current leaders who use business to create positive change invited student and professional members to compete in the annual Net Impact Green Challenge. The task: to use their business skills to reduce their organization’s environmental footprint. Sue Patrolia helped create a “SWIFT: Sample Waste Initiative for the Furniture … Continued

Green Recovery Program could Reduce Unemployment

A report released in September stated that “a green economic recovery program is needed to bring our nation’s economy back to its full capacity.” The report called for $100 billion to be spent over a two-year period. Compiled by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and commissioned by the Center for … Continued